Tales of the Free Kingdoms Open Beta is a guided storytelling game for patrons of the Aetaltis RPG. As a citizen of the Free Kingdoms, you'll get to participate in a unique gaming experience set in the World of Aetaltis in which you’ll play an adventurer, citizen, or noble living in the Free Kingdoms.
Each week one or more events will unfold across the region. Most of these will affect everyone in the Free Kingdoms, but some will be unique to your character or your holding. Either way, the choices you make and the consequences of those choices have a direct impact on the World of Aetaltis canon material.
How the Game is Played
Tales of the Free Kingdoms is played like an adventure gamebook (Lone Wolf, Fighting Fantasy, Choose Your Own Adventure). We’ll describe an event, situation, or challenge and you’ll choose from a list of possible reactions. Your choice will determine the outcome for you, your people, your holding, or the Free Kingdoms as a whole.
The quality of the outcome will depend on a number of factors. Among these are whether or not you have a holding, the size of your holding, the positive and negative qualities of your holding, and other advantages and disadvantages you acquire as the game progresses.
Although every scenario will have a unique set of possible outcomes, the quality of the outcomes are broken down as follows:
- Good Outcome for you, your holding, or the Free Kingdoms AND there is an additional positive effect
- Good Outcome for you, your holding, or the Free Kingdoms
- Good Outcome for you, your holding, or the Free Kingdoms BUT there’s an unfortunate side effect.
- Neutral Outcome. Nothing good or bad comes of the choice.
- Bad Outcome for you, your holding, or the Free Kingdoms BUT there is a bright side to the story.
- Bad Outcome for you, your holding, or the Free Kingdoms
- Bad Outcome for you, your holding, or the Free Kingdoms AND it triggers something even more terrible
Over time you’ll watch the world grow and change as a result of your actions! Will you rule a mighty kingdom known for its prowess in war? Will you forge a legend as a heroic adventurer whose name is known to all the good folk of the land? Or perhaps you’ll quietly amass power while you wait for an opportunity to seize the greatest prize of them all—the High Throne of the Free Kingdoms!
The choice is yours! The adventure is yours! The world is yours!
What Does “Open Beta” Mean?
Between now and August 1st, 2019, we’re running the Tales of the Free Kingdoms as an Open Beta. During this period, participants will help us to refine and improve the system we use to run this game. The kingdoms, events, and characters we add to the setting based on these interactions will remain a part of the Aetaltis canon, but along the way we may make changes, improvements, or corrections to the process by which we play the game.
The plan is to move from open beta to full production on August 1st, 2019.
How to Join the Game
Every patron of our World of Aetaltis Patreon is invited to take part in the adventure. To become a patron visit: https://www.patreon.com/aetaltis. We’ll provide you with information on how to get started when we receive confirmation of your pledge!
Onward to Victory!
Creator of the World of Aetaltis